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Puncak Niaga [M] Sdn Bhd executive engineer Operation Division, Zulkefly Abdollah checking the water level at Sungai Langat water treatment plant in Hulu Langat. filepic
THERE will be no water rationing for now although there were unscheduled water disruptions in some parts of Kuala Lumpur over the past week because of the dry spell.
Confirming this, Local Government and Research Committee chairman Datuk Teng Chang Kim said there had been no discussion at the state level over a possible water rationing.
“Rationing can only be done with the consent of the state government and the National Water Services Commission (SPAN),” he told StarMetro yesterday.
Teng added that the decision to carry out water rationing would be made by SPAN.
“Whoever proposes for water rationing, SPAN will have the last say,” he added.
Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (Syabas) corporate communications and public affairs manager Priscilla Alfred reiterated that Syabas did not order the water cuts last week.
“It was over-consumption of water and the dry season that had led to the disruptions of water supply in some parts of the city,” she said.
“Unscheduled water disruption happens when the water level at the treatment plant reduces quickly due to heavy usage.
“It is impossible for Syabas to estimate how quick water in the treatment plant diminishes, it all depends on the water consumption,” she said.
Water level at the treatment plant mostly drops drastically in the evenings due to heavy consumption, she added.
During the dry season in June, July and August, the public tend to consume more water too, said Priscilla.
“Water consumption is mostly heavy in the evenings when people get back home after work.
“During the hot season, people consume more water and within few hours we can run out of treated water. This leads to unscheduled water disruption. Syabas does not cut water supply,” she said.
Priscilla advised the public not to use too much water to prevent water disruption.
As at press time, the Selangor Water Management (LUAS) website, showed that the water level at all dams in Selangor was above the critical level of 35%.
However, Sungai Selangor dam showed the level being at 43.16%.
It was earlier reported that unscheduled water disruption in parts of Kuala Lumpur could have occurred for an indefinite period unless users reduced their consumption.
About 17,500 people were affected by the latest water disruption since June 19, which was attributed to the demand exceeding supply.
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